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AEC selects Newark element14 to bring Elesta relays to the Americas


Relays meet European safety, American quality standards for design-in applications

Newark element14 (, part of the global Premier Farnell Group, and a leading multi-channel, high-service electronics distributor supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals across the Americas, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by American Electronic Components (AEC) as the first North American distributor for Swiss specialist relay manufacturer Elesta.

"AEC and Newark element14's long-standing relationship has resulted in the successful sourcing of our mercury displacement relays, tilt and g-force switches to nearly every market imaginable over the last 20 years," says Keith Vanderbosch, Vice President, AEC. "With their effective multi-channel marketing approach, and wide range of engineering and manufacturing customers, we're confident that they will do the same for Elesta."

Elesta's safety relays are designed with forcibly-guided contacts. Complying with the European safety standard EN5020205, its break and make contacts are isolated in separate chambers and designed so that they are never closed at the same time. Their application areas are highly diverse and range from emergency-off switching devices over transport systems (elevators, escalators, etc.) to complex machine controls.

"Customers look to Newark element14 for unique solutions, and will quickly discover that Elesta relays are an important part of their designs wherever people and equipment need to be protected from injuries and damage," says Paul Buckley, Senior VP Product & Supplier Management, Newark element14.

Stock available for same-day shipping at includes the world's smallest safety relay (SIS212), the flattest safety relays (SIF4, SIF6) with 4 and 6 contacts, plus a wide range of package sizes and contact configurations.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell Ltd, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website,, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell Ltd, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit and Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark

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